SAN DIEGO, Sept. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Generation Next Franchise Brands, Inc. (OTCQB: VEND) updated its projection for the current fiscal year revenue to range between $30 and $40 million with most of that revenue being recognized during the second half (January – June 2020).
Earlier this month the Company announced an investment banking engagement with Stout Risius Ross Advisors, LLC (“Stout”) to advise and assist on potential financing and strategic opportunities. Generation Next interim CEO, Ryan Polk, noted that the Company is updating its fiscal year 2020 estimate to account for any risks to production due to the Company’s tight control of cash while management and Stout evaluate the various financing alternatives.
The Company also announced it has ended its contract manufacturing relationship with Flex and is ready to begin production with new partners. “While working on the migration from Flex to Stoelting, we concluded that additional companies should be included in the discussion. This has turned out to be a good decision and we have narrowed our options to two contract manufacturers. One of these companies has been working extremely hard and fast to launch a production line for the Reis & Irvy’s kiosk. Manufacturing a high volume of units per month is what people have always expected from this company and it is my responsibility to meet this expectation, but proper financing and quality control must be achieved before ramping volume.” Polk indicated more detailed updates on this will be provided in the coming weeks.
Polk explained that Generation Next leadership is taking a conservative approach toward investing in inventory and ramping production while the Company secures new capital. Until then, the Company will support a low level of new kiosk production by supplementing its existing inventory of $4 million in components with a small amount of new part purchases to fill in gaps as needed. Additionally, Generation Next has accumulated 160 fully assembled kiosks which it will use for installations in highly qualified locations during this transition period.
Generation Next also summarized a list of company priorities which Polk discussed in a letter to the Reis & Irvy’s franchisees.
- Building the Reis & Irvy’s Brand – The Company summarized its plans to build Reis & Irvy’s into one of the most dominant soft-serve brands by 2021 through its unique location network, broad product offering, and data driven consumer marketing programs. Generation Next indicates it will also have a loyalty program and new Reis & Irvy’s app launched during the second half of 2020.
- Focusing on Quality Locations – Earlier this year, Generation Next shared it was using data gathered from the initial round of installations to secure locations with the highest probability for higher soft-serve sales. The top six categories prioritized by the Company are airports, hospitals, hotels & resorts, large retail stores, museums, and travel centers. Agreements have been reached on a national level for airports, hospitals and large retailers. Conversations and pending agreements are in place with leading decision makers in the other categories. During July and August daily sales in these six categories were 107% higher than sales in the other location categories. As of September 13th, 2019 Reis and Irvy’s kiosks have sold over 800,000 cups of frozen yogurt generating $4,000,000 in retail sales for franchise owners.
- Working with Dannon YoCream on Product Development - YoCream and Generation Next are planning the introduction of soft serve ice cream in addition to frozen yogurt. Franchise owners of Reis & Irvy’s unattended retail kiosks will have the option of serving these new products throughout 2020.
- Restructuring the Company for Profitability and Expanded Governance - The internal restructuring is complete and estimated to reduce annual operating expenses by a minimum of $3 million. Progress is also being made on the nomination of a third independent Director for the Board.
- Increasing Kiosk Cash Flow - The Company repeated its intent to focus on the quality of kiosk operations by franchise owners including optimizing the site of each Reis & Irvy’s installation and training on how to create and activate consumer awareness.
- Adding International Reis & Irvy’s Licensees – East Asia and the Middle East are the two territories the Company is targeting for new Reis & Irvy’s licensees. This initial global push is expected to generate commitments for 3,000 to 5,000 kiosks, worth between $100 million and $200 million of revenue with most deliveries occurring in 2021 and 2022 from an Asian manufacturing facility.
- Launching a Company Owned and Operated Network – A limited number of large-scale location agreements are being negotiated which would require Generation Next to own and operate the kiosks. If these agreements are executed, the deployment of company owned and operated kiosks into these locations would begin during 2020. A structure is also being considered that would allow franchise owners to partner with and take advantage of the corporate operations.
Polk summarized his comments to the Reis & Irvy’s franchisees by saying, “Since its inception our team has charted new territory in unattended retail. Looking back, you can see the progress made from the Robofusion concept acquired in December 2016 to the creation of a platform capable of delivering frozen soft-serve on a mass market scale around the world. The value creation opportunity is stronger today than yesterday because of the knowledge gained and the relationships built during this journey. Let’s execute well on what needs to be done today and keep a long-term perspective on building the Reis & Irvy’s brand.”
For more information, visit Generation NEXT Website: www.gennextbrands.com or call Toll-Free (888) 902-7558.
About Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc.
Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc., based in San Diego, California, is a publicly traded company on the OTC Markets trading under the symbol OTCQB: VEND. Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc. Is the parent company to Reis & Irvy’s, Inc. Print Mates, Inc. and 19 Degrees, Inc.
About Reis & Irvy’s, Inc.
Reis & Irvy’s, Inc. is a subsidiary franchise concept of Generation NEXT Franchise Brands, Inc. (VEND). Launched in early 2016, the revolutionary Reis & Irvy’s Vending Robot serves frozen yogurt, ice cream, sorbets and gelatos, and a choice of up to six custom toppings www.reisandirvys.com.
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This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. No Reis & Irvy’s franchises will be sold to any resident of any state until the offering has been exempted from the requirements of, or duly registered in and declared effective by, such state and the required FDD (if any) has been delivered to the prospective franchisee before the sale in compliance with applicable law. Currently, the following states in the United States regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you reside in one of these states, or even if you reside elsewhere, you may have certain rights under applicable franchise laws or regulations.
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